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A bit more trash on the beach than usual, mixed with driftwood / seaweed, most likely washed in as a result of the heavy surf / high tides.The high water was tending to squeeze the pedestrians and the few cars on the beach into a narrow band against the dunes, requiring them to maneuver to avoid surf and each other.Noticed 2 bald eagles on posts fly off when someone parked within 50 yds and let out 3 dogs.

Conditions

Temperature: 40 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 8.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 15. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 12.

Concerns

Litter

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 4.

Notable Wildlife

2 bald eagles (1 adult, 1 juvenile)

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Wood pieces. lots of plastic bottles

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping.

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Mile 327

March 29, 2023

A morning walk on mile 327 revealed 3 species of kelp: chain bladder kelp, bull kelp, and rockweed, and some interesting invertebrates: purple mahogany clam (Nuttallia) and pelagic gooseneck barnacles attached to a plastic soap pump bottle.

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Mile 327

December 28, 2022

A late afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed three species of kelp washed up on the wrack line: bull kelp, sea palm, and giant kelp, and three species of dead avifauna: Common murre, Northern fulmar, and rhinocerus auklet.

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Mile 327

July 5, 2022

A morning walk on mile 327 on July 5th revealed a significant amount of human trash from the fourth of July festivities on the beach, including hundreds of fireworks, abundant single-use plastics, and many food containers/food waste.

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Mile 327

June 29, 2022

A cloudy yet mild afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed an interesting diversity of arthropod species in the wrack line: Say's Stink Bug, Large Yellow Underwing, 61 Serrated Darkling Beetles, and ladybird beetles (Coccinella and Hippodamia).

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Mile 327

June 17, 2021

A quiet, cloudy morning walk on the southern end of mile 327 reveals considerable trash from human activities around fire pits on the dry sand area above the high tide line.

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Mile 327

January 13, 2021

Today was a welcome respite from the recent heavy rain, high winds, and stormy weather that accompanied the King tides of Jan.

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Mile 327

October 28, 2020

Mid-morning walk south towards Gearhart beach at a very high tide along the tide line I saw a dead Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) carcass with bands on its legs.

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Mile 327

October 20, 2020

Walked south of the Del Rey beach entrance 0.

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